Former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has a foot in both camps for the game on Sunday. 

He played for Leicester but Leeds have his heart and he believes the Whites can come away with the three points after Jamie Vardy was ruled out of the match.

Vardy is recovering from a minor hernia operation and won’t be available for Sunday’s game at the King Power.

Grayson called this a “massive boost” for Leeds.

Talking in the Yorkshire Evening Post Grayson said, “The thing that is not going to help them this weekend is that Vardy is going to be out as he has obviously been a massive part of Leicester’s success.

“That is going to be a massive plus for Leeds but on their day Leeds can cope with any of the top teams, any team in the Premier League and that’s why I think it is going to be a real exciting open game and a good game.

“Any time that Jamie Vardy is not playing for Leicester then it’s a massive boost for whoever they are playing.

“He just adds something to them because he is their talisman and any time you are playing a team that doesn’t have their talisman in, no matter who it is, it is always an advantage definitely.”

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Different game without Vardy 

Vardy was the difference in the last game. He scored one and made one and his pace was the perfect weapon for Brendan Rodgers, who got his tactics spot on against us.

Vardy had four shots, two on target, added two shot assists and had six touches inside the Leeds box. [WyScout]

It could have been different. If Pablo Hernandez’ shot had gone in to make it 2-2 instead of hitting the woodwork we may well have got something from the game.

Instead, Vardy scored in the 76th minute and put the game to bed before it was settled with a late penalty. We don’t think it was a 4-1 game.

Leicester haven’t won either of the two games this season when Vardy was missing, losing 1-0 to Aston Villa and drawing 1-1 with Everton earlier this week.

And they lost 1-0 to a struggling Norwich side without Vardy in the second half of last season.

It’s still going to be a tough game but, without Vardy, we’ve got a much better chance of getting a result.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Difference this time… Vardy is out’ – Lawrenson predicts winner in Leeds clash v Leicester


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